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The Prostate

In male gender specific health issues an extremely common problem is the prostate gland. If you are over 40 you have already experienced some type of problem specifically related to this walnut-sized organ located behind and below the bladder.

It is comprised of muscle, glandular and fibrous tissue and ducts and produces prostatic fluids which enables sperm the ability to travel and survive in the body. The prostate surrounds the urethra which carries urine from the bladder through the penis and the muscle tissue of the prostate helps in bodily functions such as urination. These muscles also push prostatic fluid and sperm from the testicles, through the urethra and out the penis during orgasm.

No one has determined why the prostate often enlarges, compressing the urethra and restricting the flow of urine. But they have named it. It is called BPH which stands for benign prostatic hyperplasia. The most common symptoms reported are divided into two categories: dynamic and variable. Dynamic symptoms are more severe. They center on the obstruction or compression of the nerves of the prostate and the effects on the urethra. Variable symptoms relate directly to the urgent need and frequency of urination, especially at night when men with BPH may have to get up three or four times a night.

If you are experiencing any discomfort of the prostate, it is important to consult your physician. Many men are concerned about seeking medical advice because years ago the diagnosis of BPH meant surgery and the removal of enlarged prostate tissue. The surgical procedure was often followed by complications; some tolerable; some severe. These effects included infection, retrograde ejaculation and even impotence.

Again, times have changed and, if the problem is diagnosed early enough, there are medical procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, available that have minimal complications and side effects. Consult your doctor about these procedures and any possible side effects they may produce. You may also want to speak to your physician, naturopath or herbalist about some of the botanical medicines that are available to treat BPH, such as Saw Palmetto.

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